We'll periodically publish "excerpts" from Chiara Lubich's archive
  offering the possibility to be in contact with this extraordinary woman even today.


RAI Interview for Easter Sunday

Rocca di Papa, 16 April 1992

Easter, the celebration of the Risen One. At the heart of every Christian’s life.

Journalist: What is Easter for you?

Chiara: Easter in my life... For one thing, Easter for me is the celebration of Resurrection, it's the celebration of the Risen One. The Risen One, for me but I think also objectively, is the greatest manifestation of God's love for us human beings.
A few days ago a very good man, even if he's from another culture, different from my own and perhaps also a non-believer, told me: “Don't you think that the problem of all problems in humanity, the fear beneath all fears, is that of death, the thought of death, the reality of death?”


Jesus Crucified and Forsaken

Rome, November – December 1961

Making the Risen Jesus Forsaken part of our daily life. We propose this text of Chiara Lubich as the celebration of the central mystery of Christian faith draws near: the death and resurrection of Christ.

Just as all of Christianity is a mystery of love and suffering, so too the truly vital elements in our movement are love and suffering.
And just as in Christianity love generally over¬comes suffering and life is victor over death, so it is, also, in the Work of Mary. (...)

Chiara Lubich

(Cf. That All Men Be One, Origins and Life of the Focolare Movement, New City Press, New York 1974 pp. 65-78)



Living Hope in the global risk society

Orvieto, 07 September 2003

Globalized society requires a new lifestyle.

Dearest President Bobba,
dearest ACLI  friends,

You have been reflecting during these days on globalization and its inherent risks, but above all, you have been asking yourselves what could be the specific contribution of us Christians at this time, what hope could we give to other people, our brothers and sisters. (...)

Chiara Lubich

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I give you a new commandment, that you love one another ...

Rome, April 25, 1980

Commentary of the Word of Life:

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another (Jn 13:34).

You may want to know when Jesus said these words. It was just before the beginning of his pas¬sion. He gave his farewell discourse as his final testament, and these words are part of that. Just think how important they are!
If we never forget what a father says just before he dies, what about the words of a God? They must be taken seriously, and so together let’s try to deepen our understanding of them.


Christians’ attire

Rome, 1963

An invitation to the joy of the Gospel

At times, O Lord, amidst the vanity strolling the city streets, frivolous activities, superficiality, sadness and haste in people everywhere, in every person who passes us by, suddenly the rustle of the habit, the silent and angelic passing of a “little sister of Foucald,” decidedly humble and unassuming, proclaims to our souls the ideal of her founder who shouted the gospel with his life.